Equity in Conservation Officer (Indigenous Landscapes)


The Nature Conservancy Ltd


Australia (preferred Cairns, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne)

Salary etc:

$85,000 - $95,000 p.a. + super & benefits. Fixed-term.



This is an identified position for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander candidates

Who We Are

Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling the twin crises facing our planet - climate change and biodiversity loss.

One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 76 countries, including all 50 states of USA, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more about our global organisation, visit https://www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy first commenced operations in Australia in 2002. Since that time TNC Australia has grown significantly and now conducts projects in all Australian states and territories. Our work focuses on four conservation strategies - Outback (including our work with many Indigenous Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, supporting their efforts to manage their Country for its cultural and conservation values); Oceans (including our nation-wide critically endangered shellfish reef building program in the bays and estuaries of southern Australia, from Perth to Noosa); Nature and Agricultural Landscapes (including innovative water funds in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin); and Protection (working with partners, including governments, to achieve protection, restoration and improved management of 30% of our oceans and 30% of our lands by 2030). To learn more about our work in Australia visit www.natureaustralia.org.au.

What We Can Achieve Together

The Equity in Conservation Officer will work across the Conservation teams at TNC Australia to support cultural groups to look after Country. This role will report to the Indigenous Landscapes Director.

You will be an important member of our Indigenous Landscapes Team. You will use your passion and commitment to build and maintain strong partnerships with Indigenous organisations to support conservation, cultural and economic outcomes.

The Equity in Conservation Officer helps to ensure that equity and inclusion are a part of TNC Australia's conservation projects with Indigenous Partners. They facilitate cross-site learning among conservation communities and supply conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning and reporting process. They implement conservation activities on Country with partners and employ a full range of tools and methods to contribute to restoration and management of land and sea Country, and to ensure a balance between people and ecological measures..

We're Looking For You

In this role, you will:

  • Work collaboratively to perform tasks and make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context with supervisory support as needed.
  • Help design, deliver and report on projects and agreements in accordance with internal policies and external partnership requirements.
  • Gain cooperation from internal and external parties to accomplish project goals. This may include engagement with community stakeholders, Indigenous communities, trustees, and donors.

What You'll Bring

While tertiary qualifications are advantageous in this role, the passion you will bring for working with Traditional Custodians and conserving Australia's unique natural environment will be more critical for success in this role. You will be open-minded in your approach to achieving these goals.

Your communication and interpersonal skills will make you as comfortable chatting around a campfire as in an office space. You will understand that cultural communication is an ongoing, fluid process to which you can effectively contribute.

  • Passion and interest in working with Indigenous groups, including diverse networks.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners.
  • Lived experience working with Indigenous communities or groups or bachelor's degree and three years' experience in natural resource management, equity in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability and willingness to apply two-way science to decision-making and to guide activities.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land, sea and/or water management as they impact and provide opportunities for Indigenous groups.
  • Knowledge of equity and inclusion in social/conservation science and practice.
  • Valid driver's license.

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all positions

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, we encourage you to let us know in your application. If you require assistance with making your application, please contact the recruitment team

Your personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation

What We Bring

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, savings plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We're proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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